North Korea carries out nuclear test 'triggering 6.3 magnitude earthquake'

Oscar Cross
September 3, 2017

US President Donald Trump, who is yet to respond to the latest suspected nuclear test, had said "all options are on the table" after the missile was sacked over the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

South Korea's weather agency says an apparent nuclear test by North Korea appears to have been several times stronger than its previous test.

Experts estimated that blast to have been around 10 kilotons. This was also echoed by China's Earthquake Administration. "If this event was an explosion, the USGS National Earthquake Information Center can not determine its type, whether nuclear or any other possible type".

Earlier, media reports said that an quake measuring 5.2 struck North Korea on Sunday.

Hours earlier, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke to US President Donald Trump on the phone about the "escalating" situation.

South Korea's presidential office said it will hold a National Security Council meeting chaired by President Moon Jae-in.

South Korea's Yonhap News agency says a magnitude 5.6 quake has occurred in North Korea.

"Nuclear Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) has the potential to disrupt, damage, or destroy a wide variety of electrical and electronic equipment", CNN quoted the U.S. Department of Energy statement. The Trump administration delivered mixed signals on Tuesday's provocation, with the president dismissing the idea of negotiating with Kim's regime while his defense chief said the US hasn't exhausted its diplomatic options.

There was also widespread skepticism when the North Korean claimed to have detonated a hydrogen bomb this past summer.

North Korea made what it called "important announcement" through its state-run TV at 3 p.m. that it has successfully conducted the test of hydrogen bomb warhead designed for intercontinental ballistic missiles, though South Korean authorities are yet to confirm Pyongyang's allegation. But South Korean officials refuted that report.

"The bottom line is that they probably are going to do a thermonuclear test in the future".

Kim's regime has produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit atop its missiles, surpassing a key technological hurdle, the Washington Post reported August 8, citing an Defense Intelligence Agency analysis completed in July.

Mr Trump warned North Korean leader Kim he faced "fire and fury" if he continued to pursue his nuclear ambitions.

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